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The internet for dummies
Levine, John R.
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Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, [1999]

Physical Description:
xxii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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TK5105.875.I57 L48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Now updated to cover the latest browsers, including Internet Explorer 7 and the newest version of Firefox Packed with new information on the latest Internet trends, including talking over the Internet using Skype, having fun on MySpace, building a simple Web page, sharing photos on Flickr, and posting and viewing videos on YouTube Includes coverage of browsers, search engines, music and video sites, shopping, financial services, file downloads, e-mail, instant messaging, viruses, spam, and creating a personal Web site or blog

Author Notes

John R. Levine, Carol Baroudi, and Margaret Levine Young are veteran Internet experts who have written many other books to help new PC users

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Library Journal Review

The popular "Dummies" series on computers is now available in Spanish. Written for the inexperienced PC user, this work offers a wide array of up-to-date information on topics relating to hardware and software as well as selecting and installing your own computer, printer, and modem. The book also provides practical information on hooking up and choosing an Internet provider and on using E-mail. Explanations of how your PC works and useful advice about specific problems will allow the reader to become his or her own troubleshooter. Included is a glossary to help users become familiar with computer terminology. Other titles in the series for the same price include John E. Levine's Internet para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2380-1); Stephen R. Davis's Programacíon en Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2330-5); John Kaufeld's Access Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2350-X); Bud Smith's Creacíon de páginas web para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2323-2); David Kay's Microsoft Works Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2356-9); Ed Tittel's Netware para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2314-3); and Gookin's Word Windows 95 para Dummies (ISBN 84-283-2315-1). Also available in the briefer "Referencia Rapida" ("Quick Reference") series for $14.95 each are the following titles: Greg Harvey's Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2344-5); Stuart J. Stuple's Access Windows para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2359-3); Doug Lowe's Microsoft Office Windows para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2322-4); John Walkenbach's Excel Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2312-7); and Peter Weverka's Word Windows 95 para dummies (ISBN 84-283-2366-6).‘Jorge Gonzalez (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Bookp. 1
Finding Things in This Bookp. 2
The Cast of Iconsp. 3
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 3
Where Did That Web Site Go?p. 4
Feedback, Pleasep. 4
Part I Getting to Know the Internetp. 5
What Is the Internet?p. 6
What's So Great about the Internet?p. 6
What Services Does the Internet Provide?p. 8
Will the Internet Take a Bunch of Your Time?p. 8
Part II Getting Startedp. 9
Hooking Up to the Internet First Classp. 10
Cable TVp. 10
Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL)p. 11
Direct connectionp. 12
ISDNp. 12
Hooking Up to the Internet Economyp. 12
Free e-mail and Internet access servicesp. 12
Network computersp. 13
Secondhand computersp. 13
Set-top boxesp. 13
Smart phonesp. 13
Libraries and cybercafesp. 14
Hooking Up to the Internet Coachp. 14
Buying a Computer for Internet Accessp. 14
Macintosh versus Windowsp. 14
iMacp. 15
Desktop versus laptopp. 15
This year's model versus last year's modelp. 15
Making sure that your computer is cable readyp. 16
Memory, hard disk, monitor, printer, and backupp. 16
Should you upgrade the computer you have?p. 16
What should you do with your old computer?p. 17
Modemsp. 17
Modem specsp. 17
Modem typesp. 18
"What do the lights on my modem mean?"p. 19
Other modem tipsp. 20
Telephone line tipsp. 20
Selecting an Internet Service Providerp. 20
Value-added online servicesp. 21
Internet service providersp. 21
PPP and shell accountsp. 22
Software for Internet Accessp. 23
The Internet and the Year 2000 Problemp. 23
Part III Electronic Mailp. 25
Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 26
ABCs of E-Mailp. 26
Electronic etiquettep. 27
E-mail caveatsp. 27
Finding e-mail addressesp. 29
Free e-mailp. 30
Headersp. 30
Rejected mailp. 31
Accounts on Online Servicesp. 31
Addressesp. 32
"What's my address?"p. 33
Host names and domain namesp. 34
IP addressesp. 34
Top-level domainsp. 35
Port numbersp. 36
X.400 addressesp. 37
URLs versus e-mail addressesp. 37
Smileys and Emoticonsp. 37
Using America Online (AOL)p. 38
Finding an addressp. 38
Reading incoming mailp. 39
Sending new mailp. 40
Replying to messagesp. 41
Forwarding messagesp. 41
Saving messagesp. 41
Using Eudora (Windows and Mac)p. 42
Configuring Eudorap. 42
Getting incoming mailp. 42
Reading incoming mailp. 43
Sending new mailp. 43
Replying to messagesp. 44
Forwarding messagesp. 44
Saving messagesp. 44
Reading saved messagesp. 44
Attaching a filep. 45
Using Juno (Windows)p. 45
Getting and installing Juno softwarep. 46
Using the address bookp. 46
Reading incoming mailp. 47
Composing and sending new mailp. 47
Replying to messagesp. 48
Forwarding messagesp. 48
Saving messages in a folderp. 48
Using Netscape (Windows and Mac)p. 49
Setting up Netscape for e-mailp. 49
Getting and reading incoming mailp. 50
Sending new mailp. 50
Replying to messagesp. 51
Forwarding messagesp. 52
Saving messages in foldersp. 52
Reading saved messagesp. 52
Using Outlook Expressp. 52
Getting and reading incoming mailp. 53
Sending new mailp. 54
Replying to messagesp. 55
Forwarding messagesp. 55
Saving messages in foldersp. 55
Using Pine (UNIX)p. 56
Running Pinep. 56
Reading incoming mailp. 57
Sending new mailp. 57
Replying to messagesp. 58
Forwarding messagesp. 58
Saving messages to a filep. 58
Part IV Usenet Newsgroupsp. 59
DejaNews and Usenet Indexersp. 60
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)p. 61
Newsgroup Namesp. 61
News Netiquettep. 62
Posting Your First Articlep. 64
Ramp Up Your Own Newsgroupp. 65
Reading News with DejaNewsp. 66
Searching DejaNewsp. 66
Using DejaNews as a newsreaderp. 67
Reading a newsgroup that's not on the listp. 67
Subscribing to newsgroupsp. 67
Unsubscribing from newsgroupsp. 68
Saving articlesp. 68
Replying to articles by e-mailp. 68
Posting a follow-up articlep. 68
Posting a new articlep. 69
Part V Mailing Listsp. 71
Addresses Used with Mailing Listsp. 72
Finding a Mailing Listp. 73
Getting On and Off a Mailing Listp. 73
Lists maintained manuallyp. 73
Lists maintained automaticallyp. 74
Open and Closed Mailing Listsp. 75
Receiving Digested Mailing Listp. 75
Sending Messages to a Mailing Listp. 75
Special Requests to Mailing Listsp. 76
Starting Your Own Mailing Listp. 77
Using Filtersp. 78
Part VI The World Wide Webp. 79
ABCs of the Webp. 80
Finding Your Way around the Webp. 81
Kids, Porn, and the Webp. 82
Access supervisionp. 83
Buying filtering softwarep. 83
Using an online service with built-in filteringp. 83
Plug-Ins, Helper Programs, and ActiveX Controlsp. 84
WinZip (Windows only)p. 84
StuffIt Expander and DropStuff with Expander Enhancerp. 85
RealPlayer (formerly RealAudio)p. 85
Acrobat Readerp. 85
Macromedia Shockwavep. 85
Apple QuickTimep. 86
Privacy, Security, and Cookiesp. 86
Cookiesp. 86
Secure surfingp. 87
Problems and Error Messagesp. 88
Displaying a page takes too longp. 88
Error message "The server does not have a DNS entry"p. 88
Error message " has refused your connection" or "Broken pipe"p. 89
Error message "404 File Not Found"p. 89
Your browser keeps crashingp. 90
Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)p. 90
Using AOL to Browse the Webp. 92
Starting the browserp. 92
Going to a URLp. 93
Using bookmarksp. 93
Using Internet Explorer to Browse the Webp. 94
Running Internet Explorerp. 94
Following a hypertext linkp. 94
Going to a URLp. 95
Playing favoritesp. 95
Go for historyp. 96
Using Lynx to Browse the Webp. 96
Starting Lynxp. 96
Browsing with Lynxp. 97
Using Netscape Navigator to Browse the Webp. 98
Running Netscapep. 98
Following a hypertext linkp. 98
Going to a URLp. 99
Using bookmarksp. 99
Remembering where you came fromp. 100
Using Netscape plug-insp. 100
Part VII Finding and Using Resources on the Internetp. 101
Directories, Search Engines, and Portalsp. 102
Directoriesp. 102
Engines that searchp. 102
Portal sitesp. 103
Portals with a twistp. 104
Power searchingp. 105
Search strategiesp. 106
Great Surfing Ideasp. 107
Information Sourcesp. 107
The CIA World Fact Bookp. 107
Mapsp. 107
Regional information providersp. 108
CityNetp. 108
World timep. 108
Librariesp. 108
Newspapersp. 109
Magazines and Literaturep. 109
Shareware and Freeware Softwarep. 110
c\net Shareware.comp. 110
The Info-Mac Archivep. 110
Shopping Online from A to Zp. 111
Airlinesp. 111
Booksp. 111
Condomsp. 112
Dolls and other collectiblesp. 112
Electronic auctionsp. 112
Flowersp. 112
Groceriesp. 112
Housesp. 113
Internet service providersp. 113
Jobsp. 113
Lovep. 113
Macintoshesp. 113
Overcoats and bootsp. 114
PCs and accessoriesp. 114
Quesadillasp. 114
Radiosp. 114
Stocks and bondsp. 114
Tapes and CDsp. 114
Used carsp. 115
Vitaminsp. 115
Web page designp. 115
Xylophonesp. 115
Yankees ticketsp. 115
Zenp. 115
"Should You Give Out Your Credit Card Number over the Internet?"p. 115
The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software (TUCOWS)p. 116
Telephone Directoriesp. 116
Uncompressing and Decoding Retrieved Filesp. 116
.hqxp. 118
.gifp. 118
.gz and .zp. 118
JPEGp. 118
MPEGp. 118
.sitp. 118
.tarp. 118
.Zp. 119
.ZIPp. 119
Usenet Search Enginesp. 119
Virusesp. 119
Part VIII Online Communicationp. 121
Chatting Onlinep. 122
Conversations: They can be hard to followp. 123
Etiquette for chattingp. 124
Safe chattingp. 125
Smileys, abbreviations, and emoticonsp. 126
Weeding out disruptive chattersp. 127
Chatting on America Online (AOL)p. 128
Beginning to chatp. 128
Rooms with a viewp. 128
Choosing a screen namep. 130
Filing a complaintp. 130
Instant messagesp. 130
Private roomsp. 131
Profilesp. 132
Buddy Listsp. 132
Making soundsp. 133
ICQp. 133
Getting ICQp. 133
Making contactp. 134
Let's chatp. 134
Taking a messagep. 135
Filing a complaintp. 135
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)p. 135
Starting IRCp. 136
Picking a serverp. 136
Issuing IRC commandsp. 137
IRC channelsp. 138
Joining a channelp. 139
Leaving a channelp. 139
Listing available channelsp. 139
Choosing an IRC nicknamep. 140
Holding a private conversationp. 140
Starting your own channelp. 141
Types of channelsp. 141
Filing a complaintp. 142
Getting more infop. 142
Web-Based Chatp. 142
MUDs and MOOsp. 142
Using MUDsp. 143
Finding MUDsp. 143
Getting started in MUDsp. 144
Internet Telephonyp. 144
Part IX Advanced Topicsp. 147
Encryption and Internet Securityp. 148
Cryptographyp. 148
Public-key cryptographyp. 148
The politics of cryptographyp. 149
How secure is public-key cryptography?p. 149
Key sizep. 150
Government access to keys and key recoveryp. 151
Internet Explorer and Netscape Communicatorp. 151
Outlook Express and Netscape Messengerp. 152
Pretty Good Privacyp. 152
Obtaining a copy of PGPp. 153
Getting started with PGPp. 153
Public-key Infrastructurep. 154
Passwords and pass phrasesp. 155
Java and Network Computersp. 155
Java appletsp. 156
Network computersp. 156
Internet Radiop. 157
Creating Your Own Web Home Pagep. 157
Why would you want your own home page?p. 157
Building your pagep. 158
Tips for effective Web pagesp. 160
Web page maintenancep. 162
HTML editorsp. 162
Creating a home page on America Onlinep. 163
Publicizing your pagep. 163
Link exchanges and Webringsp. 164
META tagsp. 164
Starting a Business on the Webp. 165
Part X Classic Internetp. 167
FTPp. 168
Using FTP programsp. 168
Navigating files and directoriesp. 168
Uploading and downloading filesp. 169
Telnetp. 169
Using telnet from a Winsock or MacTCP programp. 170
Connecting to remote computersp. 170
Disconnecting from remote computersp. 170
UNIX commandsp. 171
Using Gopher to Cruise Gopherspacep. 171
Fingerp. 172
Appendix Internet Country Codesp. 173
Glossary Techie Talkp. 181
Indexp. 197
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